The knowledge that our problems are of a higher quality is especially important for those of us with kids who are a bit different and/or challenged. As frustrating and even heartbreaking as it can be, the problems with homeschooling such a child are indeed better than the alternative. I keep reminding myself my husband and I are in a unique position to provide the love, encouragement, and support that she needs. She would languish in "the system." I keep reminding myself of all the skills, abilities, and relationships this child wouldn't have. I remind myself to appreciate the marvelous gifts she does have - gifts that would never have been developed if we hadn't taken the road less travelled. We've been rewarded by seeing this little person grow and bloom beyond anyone's expectations.
Anyone can take an AP test, even if they have not taken an AP course. The tests are really hard, really long, and the student needs to be prepared.